Christmas lights that I love so much but it hard to go close to Christmas when life is so busy at home.
Melbourne has more tattoos, personalised number plates on cars, street art, and soy milk is widely available in cafes. It bemused me that most times E asked for a coffee with soy milk, he was told it wasn't available but they had semi skimmed milk. And we were amused at their one tram line because Melbourne has a huge networks of trams.
Edinburgh has double decker buses, deep fried mars bars, gorgeous views of the castle, sturdy baby swings, and so many more electronic cigarettes. The parks had lots of different sort of play equipment. I really liked the roundabout at the park in the Meadows that had little pedals for the kids to use. As mentioned Zomato cafes listings has not taken off like in Melbourne.
When I worked in Edinburgh in the council, many considerations were being given to replacing black garbage bags with wheelie bins. Edinburgh yards are too small or non-existant. Footpaths are narrow. These large wheelie bins on the corners were unsatisfactory and an eyesore. Oh well at least they have the tram line working now, even if the locals are unimpressed.
Sylvia also had a great time doing lego at the National Museum, having her kids headset tour at Holyrood Palace and the wall of literary doors at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
- We had a good laugh at You're Back in the Room where contestants were hypnotised before being set tasks. (Think contestants believing they are Henry VII or the Wicked Witch of the West or in love with the presenter.) It was so silly we had to laugh. Apparently an Aussie version is now on Melbourne tv but I think once was enough.
- I enjoyed seeing hospital drama Casualty again. ("Buckets of blood", my father in law used to say.)
- I started to watch a thoughtful drama called The A Word about autism. Sadly I only got to see the first episode and then we left. Perhaps it will be shown in Australia though we don't seem to do a good job at keeping up with many shows right now.
- My favourite British show was The Kennedys which I watched was on the plane. It was a retro reminiscence of a young girl growing up in 1970s England. I still laugh when I say in my terrible British accent, "It's pasta. Not in a tin! That's madness!" from the episode where the mother decided to make lasagne for a dinner party.
plane food on my last trip. Yet again I found that I ordered lacto ovo vegetarian and was given really poor vegan meals or took my chance on if there was a nicer vegetarian meal available after everyone else was served. The problem is that if I just get vegetarian meals with everyone else I am only given a meat meal if they run out of vegetarian meals. The air stewards on Qatar airlines were actually quite helpful on our last leg and when they came by would give me a vegetarian meal if there was one left.
If you want to read more about the holiday, I have added links to our travel posts towards the bottom of the Reviews and Reflections index.